| RUSTIN BERLOW, M.D.
Undergraduate: U.W. Madison
Medical School: Columbia, NYC
Psychiatry Residency: UCSD
Psychopharmacology Fellowship: UCSD
Berlow uses a wholistic approach in treating problems of mood, attention, anxiety,
and weight. He believes that not every problem needs medication.
assessment of need for medications is an important step before
In many cases, medications can be life-saving in the treatment of mood
On the other hand, they are not a solution to every problem and are usually best used as a last resort after natural methods have been tried. Even if medications are used, lifestyle changes can be made which will be beneficial.
Medications work best in the context of a healthy, "antidepressant” lifestyle. Dr. Berlow advocates a balanced, moderate approach and looks at sleeping habits, eating, exercise,and exposure to light to improve energy and mood. He promotes using relaxation techniques, learning stress management and anger management, along with using other resources.
As a psychopharmacologist, Dr. Berlow is a physician and psychiatrist with special training in medications for emotional and behavioral problems. He also has expertise in treating “refractory depression,” depression that does not respond at first to medication (two different medications given for a period of eight weeks each). Refractory depression is treated with combinations of medications, mood stabilizers, and other treatments.
The process of medical training may be stressful. Residents, interns and medical students who need assistance are seen discretely and at convenient hours.
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